Break after break, crews on both sides of the river have been busy this winter dealing with quite a few frozen pipes.
So cold in fact, that the city of Moline has broken their record for water main breaks in a winter.
"We usually average 35 main breaks in the winter season, we almost doubled that in the 60s now," says Tony Loete, Moline Water Distribution Manager.
Check out how the past 18 years of winters compare to this year in a graph on the left of the screen.
Loete says because of the constant below freezing temperatures, the ground has no time to thaw, which can lead to major issues for some older pipes around town.
"As the temperatures gets cold, the ground freezes and the frost is driven down deep this year, deeper than in 20 years and that's giving us major problems," he says. "In the 1950s and 60s, they put in post World War II cast iron pipe in most of the quad cities. Its thinner walls, meant to save money, that's the pipes that's giving us the most problems. Pipe that was installed prior to 1940 or pipe installed after 1970 doesn't give us problems in the winter"
So it's easy to figure out which pipe sits below Laura Murray's home.
"There was a big two foot geyser coming out of the ground," she says.
It was 10:30 p.m. Sunday night that Murray saw the water flowing across her yard.
"It's an ice rink out there," she says. "You might has well put skates on your car."
Because of the break, crews worked through the night, and finally shut off the water.
Now, Murray has water back...sort of.
"You cannot trust the water because it is still brown," she adds. "There are three people that live here, four dogs, two cats, a lizard and two birds, and everybody needs water, and we don't have any that's drinkable and usable.
Laura says all that's left is to maintain a steady supply of water bottles.
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